Ant McPartlin pleas guilty to drink-driving

Anthony McPartlin Lisa Armstrong Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall arrive for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London in 2015

The 42-year-old was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

"Anthony McPartlin is sorry and is doing everything he can to ensure this never happens again", Mr Walker said. The court heard that Ant had 75mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - twice the legal limit.

McPartlin was also banned from the road for one year and eight months - but could be back behind the wheel in 15 months if he takes a drink drivers awareness course.

Speaking briefly outside court after the sentencing, the TV presenter said: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened". I am ashamed and mortified that this happened.

McPartlin encountered a large crowd of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps at the main court entrance, which was guarded by seven police officers.

"I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned".

The driver of the other Mini said afterwards that he thought he and his family were going to die in the collision.

"He is sorry, but not sorry because he is here".

Lisa Armstrong Anthony McPartlin Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall attend The Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot Racecourse
Lisa Armstrong Anthony McPartlin Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall attend The Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot Racecourse

"But for good fortune the consequences could have been worse".

Mr Walker spoke of McPartlin's "exemplary" character and charitable work, especially focusing on organisations that help children.

District Judge Barbara Barnes told McPartlin "you are a well-known and successful entertainer", whose weekly income is around £130,000 a week.

The charge at court stated that he was found to have 75 mcg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after he was involved in a collision with two cars in London on Sunday 18th March.

Meanwhile there are other repercussions of being charged of drink driving, in that your vehicle insurance costs will increase significantly; if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your licence; you will have points on your licence; you may also have trouble travelling to countries like the USA.

The first episode of the new series aired over the weekend and fans of the TV duo were delighted to see Ant and Dec on screen together after Dec finished out the latest season of Saturday Night Takeaway on his own.

It has been confirmed that Dec, 42, will present the upcoming Britain's Got Talent live shows by himself, while Ant steps away from the TV spotlight.

But ITV has confirmed Donnelly will be hosting the live shows without his TV partner of nearly 30 years.


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